Jackson County 4-H members Dusty Dollins and Spencer Riley won first place at the Southwest District 4-H Food Showdown this past month at the SW District 4-H Parent/Volunteer Conference in Lawton. They will compete at the State 4-H Round Up in July. 4-H Food Showdown is a youth culinary challenge where a two or three member teams compete to create a dish while demonstrating their knowledge in foods and nutrition, kitchen safety, equipment and creativity in food preparation. 4-H Food Showdown teams create their dish using only a clue, provided secret ingredients and items from the common pantry. From the secret ingredients, 4-H members have to identify, prepare and then present information related to the serving size, nutritional value and cost of the dish.
The SW District 4-H Parent/Volunteer Conference provided an excellent opportunity for participants attend workshops to learn more about new state programs, successful programs in other counties, and to network with other volunteers and extension educators from throughout Southwest Oklahoma. Those attending the conference from Jackson County were Kimberly Cusher, Sandra Cusher Dusty Dollins, Jennifer Dollins, Kayla James, Cynthia Kime, Dee Ann Kime, George Kime, Stacy Riley, Spencer Riley, Flavio Azevedo, and extension educators Lynn Null and Gary Strickland.